@CanesWBB to Face NSU in Exhibition Game
Nov. 4, 2015 | 4 p.m.
BankUnited Center | Coral Gables, Fla.
Miami, picked to finish sixth in the ACC and receiving votes in the preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll, will square off against Nova Southeastern Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. at the BankUnited Center. The exhibition contest will open the 2015-16 season for both teams.
The Hurricanes and Sharks have never met in regular season play, but have faced each other in exhibition games in two of the last three years, with Miami winning both times. Last season, the Hurricanes earned a 69-42 victory Nov. 6, 2014 at the BUC.
The action will be carried live on ESPN3 and can be found HERE. Kyle Sielaff and Kelly Schumacher will be on the call for the broadcast. The game will also be carried on WVUM 90.5 FM and online at WVUM.org.
Eight Hurricanes are back from a team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2014-15. That group includes a trio of starters who are now the team captains: junior guard Adrienne Motley, a Preseason All-ACC selection, junior guard Jessica Thomas and redshirt senior guard Michelle Woods.
One of the eight returnees is redshirt junior forward Keyona Hayes, who missed last season due to an ankle injury after leading the team in rebounding in 2013-14. The Hurricanes also have a quartet of sophomores in forward/center Erykah Davenport, guard Nigia Greene (redshirt sophomore), forward Keyanna Harris and forward Khaila Prather.
Additionally, Miami welcomes four new players to the fold this season in guard Laura Cornelius, forward/center Emese Hof, forward/center Zada Williams and guard/forward Shaneese Bailey, who will sit out the season as a transfer from Florida Atlantic.
Eleventh-year head coach Katie Meier has led Miami to great heights during her tenure. Since 2009-10, she has directed the program to its greatest six-year stretch ever, making the postseason in all six years, with five 20-plus win seasons and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
Meier has guided Miami to 53 victories in ACC play over the past five seasons, the second-most of any team in the conference. The Wheaton, Ill. native is in her 15th season as a head coach, spending the first four at Charlotte, and owns a career record of 259-179, including 183-134 at Miami.
The Sharks went 27-6 in 2014-15 and advanced to the Elite Eight of the Division II NCAA Tournament for the third-consecutive year. It was also the third season in a row in which Nova Southeastern posted 20-plus victories.
Last Time Out
Miami ended the 2014-15 season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling 88-70 to third-seeded Iowa on its home court at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The Hurricanes, seeded No. 11, were led by 20 points from Thomas, to go along with 18 from Motley and 15 from forward Necole Sterling in the final game of her career. The lead changed hands six times during the course of the game before No. 18/15 Iowa pulled away.
The Hurricanes will open the regular season when they host Wright State at the BUC Nov. 13 at 11 a.m.
As is the case for all women’s basketball games at the BankUnited Center this season, youth 12-and-under will receive free admission.